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Review: The Fireman

The Fireman

The Fireman
By Joe Hill
William Morrow & Company, Hardcover, 9780062200631, May 2016, 768pp.

The Short of It:

Find a cool, shady spot, grab a cold drink, and kick back because The Fireman is the hot read of the summer.

The Rest of It:

Draco Incendia Trychophyton is a plague which causes people to spontaneously combust. As people across the country become infected  with “Dragonscale”, the hospitals in each big city try their best to contain it but there is no cure.

Harper Grayson, a nurse who took special care not to become infected, finds herself covered in “scale” and when her husband Jakob finds out, he doesn’t react the way she expects him to. Instead, she ends up with a group of people who have come together for survival. This group has figured out a way to live with the scale. Led by an unlikely hero in a bright yellow coat and fireman’s hat, they create a world where survival is possible.

The Fireman Read Along

I love read-alongs and this book was perfect to read as a group. It’s long (700+ pages) but I read it in under a week and never once felt its length. It’s got plenty of good storytelling, lots of action and some likable characters for you to cheer for. There is also one really bad seed. There’s one in every bunch.

What stood out:

  • Lots of name dropping and pop culture references
  • Hill is Stephen King’s son and I felt it in the writing (a plus!)
  • Reads like a movie and Fox has taken it on for development.
  • Definitely not horror even though it’s marketed that way.
  • We all felt that it should have been called, The Nurse.
  • Despicable characters are great fun to bash on Twitter.

I received a review copy of this book so imagine my surprise when another blogger pointed out material that was not in my review copy. Yes!! A slightly different ending given the additional material she provided. So if you have the review copy, seek out a finished copy so you can read that very last bit.

I was hoping for a good chunkster to read this summer and this was it. It’s a lot of fun and reading it with a group just made it that much better. I highly recommend it.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

Sunday Matters: A Father’s Day Adventure

Sunday Matters

A rather funny title for this post because these days, an adventure means that we simply left the house. Progress. Usually we spend too much time running around so the fact that things have slowed down is really a good thing. So, what do we have planned for today?

Right Now:

Church! This morning’s service is special in that we have former Dodger Darryl Strawberry in attendance. We had planned to attend in person but now I am having trouble getting everyone to go. Maybe we’ll go. Maybe we’ll watch online. Still not sure.

After that, we will grab lunch or a late breakfast and head off to the Petersen Automotive Museum. Guys and cars. What can I say?

Not sure what we will do after that. Tacos were mentioned.

This Week:

This is the week before my daughter and I leave for camp. There may be some prep stuff involved with that and then at the end of the week there is a “volunteer thank you” at my church which should be fun.

Nothing else!


I am so proud of myself. I promised to get through my review copies and I’ve been doing great with that. I just finished Wintering by Peter Geye. Quite good.  Before that I finished Firefly Summer by Nan Rossiter. Also, very good. Reviews coming soon.

I just started The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler and I am kind of loving it.

Big read along news:

The Fireman Read Along

A group of us will tackle this beast in July. Who is with us? The Fireman by Joe Hill is a chunk of a book so if you plan to read it, then why not read it with us?


I’ve been channel flipping lately. I’ve seen bits of Jaws, Seinfeld, a documentary about a missing ship, way, way too much news and I was very sad when I saw Babar listed in the U-verse guide only to find out that I do not get the channel.


I made some crazy good dip this week for chips. I made Grilled Chicken salads one night, pasta another night and breakfast for dinner. My creativity is tapped out though. Dinner has become this boring meal.  The kids are out of school and they are eating later in the day which messes me up for dinner. I cook it and then no one wants to eat it.

Grateful for:

Quiet evenings. It’s been nice to just come home and do nothing.

What’s your Sunday looking like? Your week? Any special trips? Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!